Canna paniculata Ruiz & Pav.
HEIGHT Giant, over 3 metres
FLOWERING Good bloomer
Canna paniculata Ruiz & Pav. is a giant species to 5m (16ft) tall; green foliage, sessile or shortly but distinctly petiolate, petiole with pulvinus, lower side of leaves mostly lanuginose; inflorescence often branched; spikes of flowers are erect, scarlet and yellow, staminodes are long and narrow, 6-10cm (2″-4″) long, composed of 6 coloured parts of about equal length; petals not reflexed; staminode one, edges regular, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, self-pollinating and also true to type; rhizomes are thick, up to 7 cm in diameter, coloured white and purple; tillering is prolific.
Native of southern Mexico, Costa Rica, and tropical South America, except for the Amazon Basin, at 200-2,000m (650-6,500ft).